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The "Good Book" limits man's alloted span to three score years and ten and says that though he attain to four score years they shall bring him nothing but sorrow and bitterness. Scientists, on the other hand, tell us that a man can only live long, if he "vegetates" in a quiet sheltered community. Occasionally, however, we find an individual, who refutes both doctrines, by leading a vigorous life and continuing his activity during a hale old age, to his own satisfaction, and to the benefit of the community.
Such a man is Dr. Eliot. Those who know him best are not surprised that today, at eighty-six, he is as actively interested in affairs of the day, as he was when, fifty-five years ago, he first became President of the University. For he has once again demonstrated the truth of the old platitude that a man is only as old as he feels. Judged by this standard, President Eliot is still a very young man, indeed.
Our congratulations go out to him upon this, his birthday.
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